DOLPHIN RESEARCH CENTER’S ‘TURSI’ CELEBRATES GOLDEN BIRTHDAY

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Grassy Key’s Dolphin Research Center is home to one of the oldest cetaceans in human care as Tursi, the first calf ever born at the facility, celebrated...

20 YEARS LATER, DRC IS STILL ‘THE PLACE TO BE’

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By Allie Proskovec As we prepare to celebrate our 40th anniversary at Dolphin Research Center, a look back seems appropriate. Over the last 20 years we have accomplished...

FWC Officers Arrest Two for Boot Key Derelict Vessels

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Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) officers arrested two men on charges related to derelict vessels. Bradley L. Cochran, 35, of Marathon was arrested on Aug....

TURTLE RESCUE: NEST OF MISDIRECTED HATCHLINGS UNDERSCORES IMPORTANCE OF LIGHTING STANDARDS

On July 11, Turtle Hospital and Save-A-Turtle of the Florida Keys staff responded to a recently-hatched loggerhead turtle nest on Sombrero Beach. The sea turtles had hatched...

AQUARIUM ENCOUNTERS, REEF RENEWAL USA TEAM UP WITH CAPTAIN HOOK’S FOR EARTH DAY CORAL...

Helping to rebuild the Keys’ vital coral reef ecosystem fits the bill for Earth Day, and that was the goal on April 20-22 as Florida Keys Aquarium...

Meet the Marine Preservation Society – a new, kickass partner to the sanctuary

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The Marine Preservation Society of the Florida Keys (MPS) is a new nonprofit organization working to steward our beautiful Florida Keys waters. In an island chain boasting...

STUNNING PHOTOS OF FLORIDA KEYS WILDLIFE WIN CONTEST

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Images of Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary have won top spots in the 50th-anniversary edition of the “Get into your Sanctuary” photo contest sponsored by the Office...

SAFEGUARDING WATER & WILDLIFE: TOP ENVIRONMENTAL STORIES OF 2022

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Coral outplantings, dives to collect debris, and wildlife rehabilitations dominated a busy 2022 in the Florida Keys. Local wildlife rehabilitators returned injured manatees and turtles back to...

SANCTUARY ADVISORY COUNCIL MAKES FINAL RECOMMENDATIONS (DAY 1)

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By Alex Rickert and Jim McCarthy Day one of a two-day December meeting of the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Council (SAC) was filled, for the most...

THREE RESCUED AND REHABBED MANATEES RETURN TO MARATHON WATERS

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The exhaustive efforts of four manatee rescue and rehabilitation organizations came to fruition on Nov. 29 with the release of three healthy manatees in Key Colony Beach. Rescued...

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